Tanzania plunged into mourning as 200 people die in ferry tragedy

Tanzania plunged into mourning as 200 people die in ferry tragedy


BY CORRESPONDENTS,21ST  SEPT 2018--200 People have been confirmed dead in Tanzania   after MV Nyerere ferry sank in Lake Victoria on Thursday with hundreds of passengers on board.

The vessel went down near Ukara Island in the southeast of Africa’s largest lake and world’s second largest fresh water lake. The ill-fated vessel was traveling from Bugorora Island to Ukara Island near Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest cit Mv Nyerere had done brisk business because it was auction day in Bugorora and passengers were aplenty.

It is not clear how many people were on board when the ferry left the island because the ticketing officer was among those who perished in the afternoon disaster.WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE  has established that  efforts were still ongoing by  Friday morning, to  locate  machine used in recording the data and the ticketing officer’s records .Search teams are concentrating on  finding survivors and bodies.

The ferry has a capacity of carrying  100-pasengers but report say at the time of the tragedy it had excess pas angers exceeding the required number as it had at least 300 people, the majority traders.

According to the operator, Temesa, the vessel toppled over just as it prepared to dock at Ukara Island, Ukuwere District.The exact cause of the capsize is not known but sources say it had something to do with distribution of the human cargo.

BBC reports that “it is thought the overloaded vessel toppled over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked”. By 10pm Thursday, the time search and rescue was called off for the night, the official toll stood at 44.

However, Reuters and BBC say the death could be more than 200 because of the many who were on board, only 37 had been rescued when the search was called off on Thursday.

The search was being led by the Tanzanian Navy assisted by small boats operated by private companies and individuals.It was called off a few minutes past 10pm due to poor visibility.

The search mission has  so far resumed.

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